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Alternative Christs

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Olav Hammer, Roelof van den Broek, Einar Thomassen, Jason BeDuhn, Jan Hjärpe, Urszula Szulakowska, Jean-Pierre Brach, Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Bradley Malkovsky, Douglas J. Davies, James A. Santucci, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, James R. Lewis, Mikael Rothstein
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  • Date Published: August 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521889025

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  • Few, if any, individuals have had such a profound influence on Western culture as Jesus, even though not a single detail of his life or teaching can be confirmed with certainty. This lack of reliable biographical data has left his life open to broad interpretation. Jesus, gnostic and apocryphal sources insist, never truly died on the cross since he was a divine being, whose human frame was an illusion. Muslim sources affirm that Jesus was a prophet of God and will return at the end of time. Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels formulated racial theories in which Jesus was a redeemer for Aryans only, while the Renaissance polymath Guillaume Postel was convinced that Christ had returned as a Venetian woman. This book explores these and other views without taking sides in any theological arguments and presents research on a variety of alternative Christologies.

    • Presents a fascinating array of interpretations of Jesus, from divine illusion to racist redeemer
    • A unique collection of cutting-edge research
    • Chapters cover older as well as more recent religions, providing a cross-cultural overview
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    'Olav Hammer has assembled an impressive group of scholars to present a remarkable array of studies of depictions of Christs little known outside the small world of academic specialists on the subject. The Journal of Church History

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    • Date Published: August 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521889025
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Alternative Christs: an introduction Olav Hammer
    2. The gnostic Christ Roelof van den Broek
    3. Jesus in the New Testament apocrypha Einar Thomassen
    4. The Manichaean Jesus Jason BeDuhn
    5. Jesus in Islam Jan Hjärpe
    6. Christ and the alchemical mass Urszula Szulakowska
    7. Son of the Son of God: the feminine Messiah and her progeny, according to Guillaume Postel (1510–81) Jean-Pierre Brach
    8. The seminal essence of divinity: Swedenborg's understanding of Jesus Christ Wouter J. Hanegraaff
    9. Christ in Hinduism: traditional views and recent developments Bradley Malkovsky
    10. Christ in Mormonism Douglas J. Davies
    11. The conception of Christ in the Theosophical tradition James A. Santucci
    12. The Aryan Christ: the electrochristology of Ariosophy Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
    13. Did Jesus die for our karma? Christology and atonement in a contemporary metaphysical church James R. Lewis
    14. World savior in undergarment: the palpable Jesus of The Aetherius Society Mikael Rothstein
    15. Modern Jesus legends Olav Hammer.

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    Olav Hammer, University of Southern Denmark
    Olav Hammer is Professor, History of Religions at the University of Southern Denmark. He is co-editor with James R. Lewis of The Invention of Sacred Tradition (2007).


    Olav Hammer, Roelof van den Broek, Einar Thomassen, Jason BeDuhn, Jan Hjärpe, Urszula Szulakowska, Jean-Pierre Brach, Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Bradley Malkovsky, Douglas J. Davies, James A. Santucci, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, James R. Lewis, Mikael Rothstein

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